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Nov 30, 2012 08:30 PM

Vitamix Recipes & Tips

I've had my 750 for a few months and love it. That said, I'm sure many of you Vitamix owners, 750 and various other models, have your own recipes and tips.

Some recipes are mixed in with other Vitamix long threads and are are very hard to find - actually a bit off topic on some of the threads.

If any of you have new recipes or variations of recipes in their book(s) or online, I know a lot of us would love to try them, as well as tips that you have developed or figured out over the years

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I recently made an almond butter that I just love. It's not so much a recipe, but I mix equal parts roasted almonds w/ cocoa dusted roasted almonds and blend while adding a little oil to loosen things up. It's sooooo good and have the faintest cocoa flavor.

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    1. re: lynnlato

      Sounds delicious, thank you. I've made almond butter a few times and it is so hard to get it out of the container and I feel bad leaving any behind. A Vitamix rep said to make clean up easier, make a smoothie afterwards. I haven't tried it yet, but I will the next time I make it. I'll be looking for some cocoa dusted almonds.

      1. re: Canthespam

        I used to do milkshakes after making the butters. I usually did peanut butter so I'd have a chocolate peanut butter milkshake. It was planned leftovers. ;)

        1. re: Canthespam

          I wonder if you tried to spray the pitcher with a thin coat of oil before grinding the nuts. Maybe this would help making it not so sticky to get out? Even maybe a thin layer on the spatula? Seems worth the try.

          I'll try it next week and report back.

      2. Frozen strawberries, simple syrup and a little milk. Use the tamper and make a frozen dessert so thick you can scoop it.

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        1. re: rasputina

          Our favorite is frozen banana slices, frozen peaches and a little bit of sweetner... 5-10 ten minutes in individual serving bowls, in the freezer.

        2. I ordered a manual/cookbook from the company years ago, forgot the price. I've given away tons of copies over the last 15 years....ITs from an older machine, but still works great on breat, smoothies, everything.

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          1. re: annfaulkner

            It's not by chance the book of demonstrators' recipes? I forget the name, but it is about $15 on Ebay and a website in Texas.

            1. re: Canthespam

              Nope. Vitamix 3600 and 4000 whole food cookbook. 78 pages.
              Like this-

          2. We just got one at Costco-I can't remember what the model number is. We have tried several recipes from the book that came with it and I didn't like them at all. The potato soup was good, but it was so whipped and full of air (we let it get hot from the motor). I am also looking for good recipes.

            Oh yeah, our Vitamix DID NOT like peanut butter. It totally shut itself off when we tried that.

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            1. re: AnnieWilliams

              Sorry you haven't had much success, I've had pretty good luck far. My husband loved the potato soup the first recipe that I made. Have you tried frozen fruit ice cream/sorbet? They are really good. Try the peach and banana one that I mentioned above.

              Smoothies are really really great and I totally agree with blinknoodle.

              I am going to try the black bean soup recipe given on their site.

              1. re: Canthespam

                Hi Canthespam, found your new thread. I cannot stress enough how awesome that black bean soup is if you haven't tried it as of yet. The recipe on VM's website is tailored for the 5200 in regards to the settings. Just use the soup setting on the 750 and let it run it's full course. Also I would recommend adding more salt to taste as the recipe calls for low sodium broth and the amount of salt they recommend to add isn't much. The flavors of the lime and jalapeƱo come together very nicely. Not sure why it's not called "Mexican Black Bean Soup" because that's what it really is in terms of the ingredients. Gonna try that potato soup for sure.

              2. re: AnnieWilliams

                You've got to add a little oil to the nut butters otherwise they lock up.

                I didn't like the cream of asparagus soup in the cookbook or the guacamole. Guacamole just shouldnt be pulverized.

                I too would like to find other things to use it for - besides just smoothies and nut butters. I bought one of the milk bags to make almond milk but I haven't tried it yet. Has anyone else made almond milk?

                1. re: AnnieWilliams

                  Shutting off when making peanut butter, I'd say use the tamper more and adjust the speed. You should not need to use additional oils but you need to work the speed and keep it moving until the natural oils release.

                  1. re: rasputina

                    Oh, we were using the tamper. I think the issue is that my husband put a glob of Nutella in there (it's his lifeblood) and that's what caused it to seize and clump.

                2. I don't have specific recipes to recommend, but all my sauces and dressings go in the vitamix now... they become uber creamy. I try not to make things like hummus in there because I don't want to waste anything that I can't get out! I love the idea of making a smoothie in it afterwards, though, to get everything out of there. Smoothies are another no-brainer in the vitamix.


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                  1. re: blinknoodle

                    Anne, if you are having problems, motor shutting off or any and all questions about it, don't hesitate to call their Customer Service. They are knowledgeable and helpful. Ask them about recipe suggestions too - they all own and use Vitamix. I don't think that I have ever been more impressed by any company's reps...

                    1. re: Canthespam

                      Thanks for the info! I have heard their customer service is stellar. We love our Vitamix. We make smoothies several times a day in that thing! I do a lot with baking and cakes and I am trying to figure out what else I can do with it. My husband told me I should make pie dough in it, but I said no because it would become close to bread dough in a blink of an eye!

                      I would LOVE to try a sorbet, but my husband keeps stealing all the fruit for smoothies! I might have to hide some and try it when he's not around.

                      We usually clean it by filling it with soap and hot water, then running it on high for a minute or two. Works like a charm.